Third suspect charged in East Busway homicide

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A Hazelwood man told Pittsburgh homicide detectives Friday that he acted as a "lookout" during a fatal shooting along the East Busway in Homewood, according to court documents.

Jequan Frierson, 20, was charged Friday afternoon with homicide, conspiracy and robbery in the Oct. 8 shooting death of 21-year-old Omar Islam, who police have described as an "innocent victim."

Mr. Frierson, initially known only by his nickname "Blue," and his attorney Blaine Jones met with detectives at the bureau's North Side headquarters for about an hour Friday morning.

During that time, he told them that he, 16-year-old Jordan Bey and 20-year-old Desmond Young searched their Facebook pages that night looking for someone to rob and, when that didn't work, they staked out an ATM on Homewood Avenue for about 45 minutes.

When that was unsuccessful, police said, they started to walk toward the East Busway, where they spotted Mr. Islam.

Mr. Frierson told police Jordan covered his face and began to walk toward Mr. Islam, then motioned toward Mr. Frierson and Mr. Young to join them, according to a criminal complaint filed by Detective Scott Evans.

"Though Frierson stated he was very reluctant to go along, he admitted he stopped and looked out to make sure that at least the police were not about to show up," Detective Evans wrote.

Mr. Frierson told police he heard shots and ran and learned later that night that Jordan had shot and killed Mr. Islam.

Jordan previously suggested that Mr. Frierson played a larger role. A video of Jordan's interview with police shows that he told detectives Mr. Frierson handed him a .22-caliber revolver, scoped out the busway and told them it was time to commit the robbery.

Mr. Jones called that account of events a "complete lie."

"Jequan did not have any weapon on him whatsoever," the attorney said.

Both Jordan, who is charged as an adult, and Mr. Young have been arrested and ordered to stand trial in the case.

Investigators have said Jordan demanded Mr. Islam's phone, shot him in the leg then fired four shots into his back while Mr. Islam tried to stumble away. They said Jordan began to leave, then returned and fired one more shot into Mr. Islam's head.

Liz Navratil: or 412-263-1438. First Published November 8, 2013 10:41 AM


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